The Zonta Club of Kankakee and Z Club of Kankakee County, District 6, organized an educational screening to encourage conversation about the realities of human trafficking in their community. In collaboration with the criminal justice departments from Olivet Nazarene University and Kankakee Community College, the public was welcomed to a free screening of the documentary Break the Chain, followed by a Q&A session.
Cassandra Ma of Reclaim13/Cherish House, Kankakee County State's Attorney Jim Rowe, and Sheri Schweitzer, training and anti-trafficking coordinator of the Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault, served as panel members for the Q&A portion of the evening. Each panel member briefly offered commentary on human trafficking then fielded questions from the audience.
About 60 people attended the event.
Break the Chain addresses the issue that human trafficking often happens in plain sight. Focusing on Michigan, USA, the film features two survivors of human trafficking, providing a detailed look at how trafficking so often goes unnoticed. Throughout the film, there are interviews with researchers, senators, law enforcement officers and artists, as well as people from non-profit organizations and legal service agencies actively working to raise awareness.